Thursday, March 29, 2012

Striving for Compunction

My child, unless a man tries hard to acquire a holy sorrow for his sins, he is not worthy of My heavenly consolation.  Are you doing your best to acquire this compunction?

THis grace will reach you more easily if you will turn your back, for a while, on your daily distractions.  Come aside more often, to be alone with Me.  Reflect on My gifts and your misuse of them.  Be honest and face the truth.  Reading and reflecting will help you to realize the wickedness of all sins, even smaller ones.  Do not look for new theories and mere curiosities, but stick to solid everyday truth, truth which will improve your daily life.

In solititude and quiet you will discover the hidden treasures of Holy Scripture.  As you become more intimate with Me, your Creator, you will make great progess.  You will find tears to wash and purify your soul.  You will also have a deep interior joy as My holy angels and I draw near to you.  Learn to pray and labor unseen by the eyes of men.

Slowly, as the gift of compunction fills your soul, you will be filled with fresh vigor.  As you become more eager to make up for your sins, you will find hard things becoming easier.

from My Daily Bread, A Summary of the Spiritual Life
by Anthony J. Paone, S.J.

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